Manchester United announce eight-day tour of China in summer 2016

Manchester United have announced an eight-day tour of China this summer, with further details to be released in the coming days.

United will play two games in China -- a country which has more United followers (107 million) than any other in the world -- in preparation for the 2016-17 Premier League season.

The club first visited China in 1975 and have gone on to make a nine more trips since, playing 12 games against local sides -- the most recent of which was against Kitchee SC in July 2013.

"Manchester United has strong historical links with China and we are very proud of our relationship and of our fans throughout the country," executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward told the club website.

"A total of almost 500,000 supporters have attended previous games during our visits to China and we have always enjoyed exceptional support in the country, so naturally it is something that everybody is very much looking forward to this summer."